People writing bad checks affect both consumers and taxpayers. We pay higher prices for goods and services because of the losses associated with bad checks. Law enforcement also spends significant resources investigating and prosecuting people who issue these checks. During these tough economic times, businesses are seeing an increase in bad check writing.
Recently, the St. Paul, Minnesota police announced that they are holding an informational session that includes local police, city attorneys, the Financial Crimes Services and private investigation services to discuss their â€œWorthless Check Diversion Programâ€ for businesses. This free program for businesses began this year. So far, the program has recovered thousands of dollars for business owners.
Morrison County already has a program in effect. The main goals of the program are restitution for victims, increase accountability of people who issue worthless checks, educate merchants and residents in reducing the number of worthless check cases and reduce the costs to law enforcement associated with investigating and prosecuting worthless check cases.
The program is at no cost to the taxpayer or area merchants. The people who issue the worthless checks support the program.